Who is Salman Rushdie and why was he attacked in New York.

Breaking news coming in has it that Salman Rushie has been attacked on Friday in New York as the author was about to give a lecture in New York. So who is Salman Rushdie?

Who is Salman Rushdie?

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an Indian -born Novelist whose work is in magical realism and historical fiction.

His work mostly center on the disruptions and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations with a majority of it set on the Indian subcontinent.

The author’s writings led to death threats from  mostly Iran in the 1980s. Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize with his second novel,Midnight’s Children in 1981. His win made him deemed as the “the best novel of all winners” which marked the 25th and 40th anniversary of the Booker prize.

Salman Rushdie 4th novel which was titled The Satanic Verses  and released in 1988 was greeted with controversy.

There was provoking protest among Muslims with death threats being issued against the novelist.

There were calls by fatwā and an assassination call being made by the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Klomeini in 1989.

This forced the British government to put him under police protection. Salman Rushdie  was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was equally appointed as the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 1999.

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The Times in 2008 ranked Salman Rushdie as the thirteenth on its famous list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

Salman Rushdie family.

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay on 19 June 1947. He was born to Anis Ahmed Rushdie and Negin Bhatt.

His father was a lawyer who was later  turned to a businessman after controversy with his date of birth.

Salman Rushdie has three siblings which are females. He is has been married four times.

Who is Salman Rushdie and why was he attacked in New York.

Why was Salman Rushdie attacked in New York.

It is not clear why the author was attacked. It is not clear if the attack had to do with his novel the Satanic Verses which made him receive death threats in the 1980s.

Salaman Rushdie was at the event to discuss “the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression.”  This is according to the Chautauqua Institution.


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